Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s 11th seed will be thoroughly tested in their second round match against the Texas Tech Red Raiders 3rd this Sunday at 6:10pm ET from San Diego.
The Irishman had an impressive and quite overwhelming victory over sixth seed Alabama Crimson Tide. Notably, Alabama’s star defender Jahvon Quinerly suffered a knee injury in the opening minutes of the game. At that point, it all went downhill and the Irish won 78-64.
Texas Tech, meanwhile, crushed Montana State 97-62 in the opening game. With the advantage of the victory, Montana State had no chance from the jump line and was leading from top to bottom. This is more of a warm-up than anything else as Sunday will be the real test against a confident Ireland squad.
Here are the odds for the second round match of the NCAA Tournament, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.
Total: 133.5 (Above -110/Under -110)
It’s been an unpredictable game for me because I really don’t know how it feels about Ireland’s win over Alabama. On the one hand, they dominate at both ends of the field and seem comfortable doing so.
On the other hand, Alabama was concussion after witnessing a terrible injury to their point guard. They never found their place. Would things be different if Quinerly hadn’t fallen? Hard to say but I would lean towards no. Not only did Alabama lose a key player, it clearly took a mental toll on the rest of the team.
Red Raiders presents a whole new set of big challenges to Notre Dame. Texas Tech has an extraordinary defense that is at its best playing in the most important positions. Montana State has a very good offense, all things considered. Almost on par with Texas Tech. But they could never settle down with the crowded Red Raiders defense. I saw a similar result tonight.
The win over Bama was good, but I don’t believe it would have happened without such an odd event. I think the Notre Dame race is over.
Pick: Texas Tech -8 (-110)
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